What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

The blog

The art of history writing is greatly underappreciated in this country. (Al Raposas)

On January 9, 2017, a new logo was adopted
coinciding with the blog's name change.
The two Baybayin characters stand for F and H.
History is not the most popular discipline in the Philippines, and probably even elsewhere. Today, there are history blogs managed by Filipinos, but back then, there was none like this one. On December 15, 2012, less than a week before the Mayan Calendar supposedly forecast the "end of the world," the Filipino Historian (#FilipinoHistorian) was created by its lone author Al Raposas in hopes of launching the Philippines' foremost history website. It may not be the first, nor the most popular, but it aims to bring history free for all since day zero. The debut article was published on December 16, just a day later. However, there had been an impasse from April 2013 until September 2014. This was 17 months wherein no new article was published. In the first two months of reviving this history website, 20 new articles were posted. Within two short months, the blog exceeded what has been achieved in the preceding two years. With the successful restoration of this history website, it is fervently hoped that this would grow to become one of the more authoritative, more read, and more recognized among history blogs and websites in the Philippines and in Asia as well. To know more about what we have achieved together, listed below are the past State of the Blog Addresses, yet another innovation in the blogosphere uniquely initiated by the Filipino Historian for the admonition of its ever supportive audience. History to the Philippines and the world!

Since December 2017, Feedspot recognized the Filipino Historian
as the only history blog in the Top 100 blogs in the Philippines

As of 2018, the blog has exceeded 365,000 reads (triple of 2017 record) and 2,262,650 social media impressions (double of 2017 record). Heartened by these developments, a new "million miracles" vision was conceived: reach five million people (i.e., 5,000,000) by 2020. For now, it appears a long shot, but a single author writing somewhere in the archipelago has proven critics and cynics alike to be too pessimist over and over. As the saying goes, the best is yet to come.

Blurbs for the blog:
Here are some (encouraging) statements on the blog from (supposedly) renowned people.

The author

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." (Philippians 2:3)

Really, who reads egomaniacal, self-serving, chest-beating biographies? Then again, for those who do not believe in writing about themselves, here goes an embarrassing and horrendous one.

Al Raposas is a Filipino Christian historian and writer. Since at least 2014, he has been invited by a number of local, national, and international media stations (DZUP 1602, DZRB 738, TV 5, UNTV 37, GMA 7, among others) to discuss history and other related disciplines. This led to him rapidly being known as the nation's "youngest historian" to be featured by the national media, an unofficial title conferred by a lot of people that has earned both commendation and criticism from the academia, and a situation he particularly did not want to nurture anyway. Besides his academic and research work, he enjoys being an occasional runner, novice photographer, and an amateur artist.

Leadership and Management
In 2000, he served as a scout in the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, ushering his continuing track record in public service. Throughout his years of service, he exemplified the idea of "leading without license" in the sense that an elected position can be beneficial, but not necessary, to effect positive change for the community and the nation. Indeed, even when his name had been long forgotten after his failed electoral campaigns, his innovative ideas remained relevant years later. His advocacy after his formal campaigns has since reached hundreds of thousands, making him more influential as a private citizen than as a public candidate. This has also attracted admiration from political allies and rivals alike. He keeps his dedication to public service, nurtured during his youth, to this day.

Academic Achievement
Despite being heavily involved in public service, he graduated with first honors (valedictorian) in four different schools from kindergarten to elementary. In high school, he received the Marikina City Mayor's Excellence Award. Thereafter, he took a bachelor's degree in history, finishing as magna cum laude and class salutatorian, at the University of the Philippines. He is currently taking a master's degree in Public Administration at the same university. Coming from a socioeconomically poor family, he had to obtain scholarships and other means along the way to continue his studies.

Prior to his university days, he was ranked 3rd in the division for the National Achievement Test (NAT), gaining an average percentile of 99+, and 1st in Araling Panlipunan (Social Studies) portion of the said test. Meanwhile, in the university, he has distinguished himself in a number of history courses, such as Colonial History of the Philippines, Women's History, Social History, European History, Asian History, Philippine Institutions 100 (a.k.a. PI 100, Rizal course), Military History, and History of Filipino Nationalism. He has also distinguished himself in a number of non-history courses, such as Engineering Science, Spanish, Philosophy, Fiscal Administration, Theory and Practice of Public Administration, Public Policy and Program Administration, and Research Methods. He garnered the highest grade overall in a university-wide examination on the Saligang Batas (Philippine Constitution).

Besides fluency in Filipino and English, he has displayed basic knowledge in a number of languages, including Spanish (Español) and Japanese (Nihongo).

List of works
An incomplete list of Raposas' published and unpublished works.

Short stories: The Cane and The Ring (undated), Still Small Voice (2010), The Worst Love Story Of Our Generation (2013)

Novels: Code Antony (2010), Tinyente Tagalog (2011), Changing the Letters (2013), Special Friend X (2016), Run to the Sky (2017)

Poems: Para Sa Aliyang Nawala (2017), Nasaan Ka Aking Sinta (2017)

Songs: Hello, My Love (2011), Larawang Wasak (2011)

Games: Monopoll - the Philippine Election Game (2011)

Comics: Kapitan (2003), Professor Magnet (2006), Angel (2006), Peasant Academy (2006), Centurion Marcus (2007), Thrombocyte: The Last Platelet (2007), EIA: Earth Invasion Army (2007), Gospel (2008), The Electron Regime (2008), Sepio: Ang Dakilang Magtataho (2009), Archiceres: Fanboy of Archimedes (2009), The Catastrophic Trio (2010), ProMoFun (2010), Lightning God In White Coat (2011), Ken Incident (2012), Codename: Playa Honda (2012), Alrajah (2012), The Cost (2013), Hindi Natutulog Ang Gabi (2013), El Gato Exilado: The Exiled Cat (2014), Mycota the Slasher (2014), Son of God (2016), Corporal 72 (2016), Diplomat: The One Lost In Time (2016), El Tulisan (2017), Buhay Cell (2018)

Articles (outside this website):

His blogging career also began in 2010 with a personal blog which is now inactive. In its lifetime of some three years, the blog had garnered 10,000 page views. In his eagerness to write history for all the people throughout the nation and around the world, the Filipino Historian was created in 2012. While the author believes it to be too prudent in a way to claim oneself as a historian, since a historian is also a scholar, and usually requires graduate studies, it is apparently the only appropriate classification for him at this time. While the author has preferred to be known as a disciple or student of history, it is common knowledge that whoever is a disciple of history is a historian. For example, the same goes for a disciple of Jesus Christ, a Christian. Thus, the blog's name.

Connect with the author online: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | LinkedIn | Google Plus

Blurbs for the author:
Here are some (encouraging) statements on the author from (supposedly) renowned people.

  • It'd be a gift to humanity if you just quit. (Nancy M.)
  • Could you be the youngest historian in the world? (Jerome B.)
  • I believe you are someone special. (A. Almazan)
  • Here we go again. I know that already, so stop asking. (I. Pasco)
  • You seem like a nice person. (A. Pasco)
  • Thank you for being an agent of public history. (M. Chua)
  • Glad to see someone being in charge. (P. S. Kim)
  • You write well. (N. Teodoro)
  • You are a man of integrity. (A. Buenaagua)
  • A very well educated author. (V. Romero)
  • Your balanced view is commendable and a rarity in this day. (T. Matic)
  • Brilliant. (G. Pilapil)
  • Universal! (B. Homan)
  • Buhay ka pa? (from the author's ex-friends)
  • Ampanget! (from the author's parents)
  • Hindi nga?! (from a number of classmates of the author)
  • Pauso 'to. Seryoso? (B. Balaoing)
  • Wala ka naman palang kinikita d'yan! (from the author's churchmates)
  • Grabe advanced mag-isip. (G. Saturno)
  • Wala talaga akong feelings para sa'yo eh. (C. Miranda)
  • Maganda ang aura na nararamdaman ko sa'yo. (C. Castro)
  • Kung ako na lang binigyan mo ng flowers, sasagutin kita agad. (K. Rodriguez)
  • Aking nabatid ang kanyang marubdob na pagmamahal sa kasaysayan! (K. Esquejo)
  • Ang bata mo pa, may legacy ka na! Youngest historian on national TV? (P. Manuel)
  • -smiles, moves hair behind the ear, looks away, looks back, repeats the process- (from a random girl the author met in public transport)
  • -leans head on my shoulder, sleeps- (from another random girl the author met in public transport)

Translated in 102 languages

"I am indeed relatable because I have become translatable." (Anonymous)

   By installing Google Translate in this history blog, the reader can now readily read the content in 102 other languages. The roster of languages include: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarussian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kazakh, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Lao, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Maori, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Sesotho, Sindhi, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Sundanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Xhosa, Yiddish, and Zulu. Filipino and Cebuano are also available, while Ilocano and Bicolano are under development. The Translate option can be seen at the sidebar of this blog. Enjoy reading the Filipino Historian.

Recent accomplishments

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
(Colossians 3:23)

  • Blogs ng Pinoy: (January 2015 - 3rd, April 2015 - 2nd, August 2018 - 4th)
  • Alexa: (top 0.1% of active websites - December 2018; top 0.2% - January 2019, November 2018, October 2018, July 2018, May 2018; top 0.3% - August 2018, April 2018)
  • SimilarWeb: (top 0.1% of active websites - December 2018, October 2018, December 2017; top 0.2% - November 2018, August 2018, July 2018; top 0.3% - January 2019, September 2018, June 2018, November 2017)
  • Blogtopsites: (September 2016 - 5th in local)
  • Top Blogs Philippines: (May 2017 - 5th, August 2017- 4th)
  • Top 100 Philippines Blogs (December 2017 [72], March 2018 [73], June 2018 [80], November 2018 [87], January 2019 [92] - only history blog listed in the rankings)
  • Nominated, Bloggys 2015: The Philippine Blogging Awards (Society and Politics)
About About Reviewed by Al Raposas on Monday, January 28, 2019 Rating: 5

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